Poverty Point National Monument

12 mi. N of Delhi on Bayou Macon, Delhi, Louisiana


Poverty Point is the largest and most complex Late Archaic (4000 to 2500 B.P.) earthwork occupation and ceremonial site yet found in North America. The site is dominated by the immense Poverty Point Mound A, which is 640' by 710' in base dimension, and rises to a height of nearly 70'. First noted in the scientific literature in 1872, it was not until the early 1950's, with aerial photography, that the six concentric earthen ridges, became apparent. These earthworks, plus five other earthen mounds (Mounds B-E and Motley Mound) comprise the Landmark. It has been identified as a possible World Heritage Site. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, June 13, 1962

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Area of significance
Archeology - Prehistoric
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
D - Information Potential
Property type
Historic functions
Village site; Ceremonial site
Current function
Period of significance
500-999 BC
Number of properties
Contributing structures: 2
Contributing sites: 1